'Black Ops 2' Sets Record For Billion-Dollar Sales

Sales of Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 reached $1 billion in just over two weeks but why aren't investors cheering? Marketwatch's Dan Gallagher discusses on digits. Photo: Getty Images.

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